News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Minutes after the incident, four vehicles were involved in a collision on the waterside-bound carriageway of the bridge. Police said they believe the two incidents were linked.
[Source: Derry Journal]


The Letterkenny man charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a three-year-old boy has been found not guilty.

The jury of six men and a woman took less than an hour to find Alex McDaid not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Patrick McDonagh.

Mr. McDaid was the driver of a bin lorry which was involved in an incident at Ballymacool, Letterkenny on February 16th, 2010, in which Patrick McDonagh was killed.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Two men have robbed a shop in County Down.

The pair entered a business in the Hill Street area of Newry on Wednesday afternoon.

One – who may have been armed with a gun – demanded money before making off on foot in the direction of High Street.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


The gangster shot dead in a Dublin business park was executed by his own gang, Gardaí (police) believe.

It has also emerged that Gintaras Zelvys (43) tried to use his wife as a "human shield."

Detectives are working on the theory that the Lithuanian criminal was murdered by members of his own gang over a bitter cash dispute.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Police in Fermanagh are investigating an incident of arson at the Carlton Hotel in the Main Street area of Belleek in the early hours of Thursday morning, May 2.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., it was reported that a window in the property was smashed and what is believed to be a petrol bomb was thrown inside.

Police and N.I.F.R.S. attended and the fire was extinguished.

Nobody was injured in the incident.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A Connemara campaigner is calling for a dangerous road stretch in Rossaveal to be addressed following a fatal road crash in the area last Wednesday night.

Fifteen-year-old Leah Feeney from Clynagh in Carraroe was killed in the collision, which occurred at around 9:45 p.m.

The student of Scoil Colmcille in Inverin was walking with a friend near Terry's pub in Rossaveal when she was struck by a car.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A Garda (police officer) has spoken of how the death of a colleague through suicide had a profound effect on other Gardaí serving at the station.

Garda Eoin Donovan said help received from Console, the suicide-prevention agency, helped Gardaí come to terms with the horrific loss of much-respected colleague and friend.

The agency had approached the Gardaí in the aftermath of the tragedy to offer support.

Last Monday, Console opened the country's first suicide resource center in Tralee, County Kerry, one of the counties with the highest rate of suicide and self-harm.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Angry credit union members took part in the first of a series of protests outside Newbridge Credit Union offices on Friday morning, April 26, calling for more information and the holding of an A.G.M.

Around 50 people turned out for what will be the first in a number of protests outside the premises each Friday morning at 10 a.m.

No annual meeting has been held in the past two years and special manager Luke Charlton and his team from Ernst & Young, originally appointed by the High Court in January of last year, continue to examine the credit union’s finances, an operation which, to date, has cost almost $2.6 million.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


On Monday evening, May 6, Kilkenny Roses will gather at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny for a night full of entertainment, glamour and above all, great fun, as we find out who will represent Kilkenny at the Regional Festival 2013.

Roses will appear on stage to speak with M.C. Brendan Hennessy and get an opportunity to do a party piece of their choice if they so wish. All entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to Rose Selection night.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Prison officers in Portlaoise and elsewhere have warned that they will ballot for industrial action up to and including strike action.

Speaking at their Annual Delegation Conference in Athlone last Wednesday, Stephen Delaney, president of the Prison Officers Association, said prison officers would ask members to vote a strike if the government imposes pay cuts.

“Our National Executive Council (N.E.C.) has forwarded an emergency motion to conference which I hope is supported. This motion states that should the government decide to unilaterally impose pay cuts by way of legislation on prison officers that the N.E.C. convene immediately with a view to conducting a national ballot of the membership for the taking of industrial action, up to and including strike action.”
[Source: Leinster Express]